Stones Are Ready?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Zerologist, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember

    Hello! Its me again.

    5 days ago I got 3 big stones from outside.


    For the first 3 days, they were soaked in tap water. In the fourth day, I drained the water out from the bucket and left the stones to dry. After they dried, I poured some vinegar on it to test if there is calcium carbonate(? I saw this on the Internet) but it did not fizz which means its safe (as the website I visited says). I rinsed it well and scrubbed with tap water after it. Right now, its in a small bucket of water again (as you see in the photo).

    Are they good to go in the aquarium?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. MikeRad89Well Known MemberMember

    They're good to go.

  3. NanologistWell Known MemberMember

    I'd say they're ready to "rock"!

  4. HerkimurWell Known MemberMember

    I boil all my rocks to kill bacteria deeply imbedded inside.
    I then soak them in dechlorinated water to cool them off and on they go to the aquarium.

  5. AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    I also boiled all my rocks, but they were in the dirt and in a stream.
  6. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks guys!
  7. NavigatorBlackFishlore VIPMember

    I brush them off, rinse them, and use them right away. Any bacteria will be cleaned off by the fish.
  8. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember

    Hey guys, I put them in my aquarium just now:


    Do you have any other design suggestions? Thanks a lot! :)
  9. NanologistWell Known MemberMember

    Rock on!

    Ok, I swear that was the last rock pun/joke...
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2017
  10. AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    They look good!
  11. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember

    Still thinking of other designs... XD
  12. AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    You could put them together at the bottom like a clover?
  13. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember

    Nice idea...

    Looking forward into collecting more stones! :)
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 20, 2017
  14. BetrayerWell Known MemberMember

    There was a member (I think he is a firefighter or maybe an EMT) on a different rock post a few days ago who was cautioning about the danger of boiling rocks. I think it has to do with the potential for them exploding due to pockets of air inside. I don't know if I'm getting the details right...maybe someone else with know. Just thought I'd mention it.
  15. AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    You do have to be careful when you boil them, they can explode, yes.
  16. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember

    I won't boil them though...
  17. purslanegardenWell Known MemberMember

    You might want to adhere them to each other, in case there is some kind of motion that makes the rocks fall and crush some fish. Otherwise, placing them in less precarious positions should be OK too.
  18. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah.... When I came back home this evening, the top rock fell... So I just left it like that.


    Got another stone... Maybe I'll take a pic of it tomorrow... I'll be doing the same procedure again. :)

    Thanks guys! :)

    Got a couple of stones again XD.. I really need more substrate... :)
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 21, 2017
  19. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember


    The stones I got few days ago.

  20. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Nice stones!

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